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Yarn Review: Aran yarns PLUS free fluted triangles knitting stitch pattern

21st January 2019

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Yarn Review: Aran yarns PLUS free fluted triangles knitting stitch pattern

Each month, we get together with a group of real knitters to test our yarn and ask them for their honest opinions. These are the results! Aran yarn is perfect for making accessories such as hats and scarves as well as garments and even homewares. Its heavy worsted weight means it’s ideal for highlighting detail, especially when creating cables and other similar patterns. This month, our panel has been reviewing a selection of yarn to help you choose the best for your next project.

About the Group
The group which scored these yarns meet at Knit and Stitch. Knit and Stitch is a family-run yarn shop found in Maltby, Doncaster and York. It offers a wide selection of yarn including Sirdar, King Cole and Stylecraft, as well as fabric and knitting, crochet, stitching and quilting supplies, so it’s a one-stop shop for all your essential crafting needs. As well as shopping, you can also take part in some of its excellent workshops to improve and expand your craft knowledge.

STITCH PATTERN: Fluted Triangles
Worked over a multiple of 8 stitches
Row 1 (RS): *K4, p4; repeat from * to end
Row 2: P1, *k3, p5; repeat from * to last 7 sts, k3, p4
Row 3: K4, *p2, k6; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2
Row 4: P3, *k1, p7; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k1 p4
Row 5: *P4, k4; repeat from * to end
Row 6: *P5, k3; repeat from * to end
Row 7: *P2, k6; repeat from * to end
Row 8: *P7, k1; repeat from * to end
Repeat rows 1-8 for Fluted Triangles Flat

King Cole Drifter Aran

Details
Aran; 220m per 100g ball; 79% acrylic, 17% cotton, 4% wool

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Luxurious
They would use it for: Cardigans
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 5/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 5/5
How do you rate the colour? 5/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4/5
How soft is it against your skin? 5/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 100%

Stylecraft Jeanie

Details
Aran; 210m per 100g ball; 60% cotton, 40% acrylic

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Cosy
They would use it for: Garments
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 4/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4/5
How do you rate the colour? 4/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4/5
How soft is it against your skin? 5/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 80%

Sirdar Supersoft Aran

Details
Aran; 236m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Soft
They would use it for: Blankets
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 4/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4.5/5
How do you rate the colour? 3.5/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.5/5
How soft is it against your skin? 4.5/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 70%

King Cole Comfort Aran

Details
Aran; 202m per 100g ball; 60% acrylic, 40% nylon

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Scrumptious
They would use it for: Children’s garments
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 4.5/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 5/5
How do you rate the colour? 5/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.5/5
How soft is it against your skin? 4.5/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 90%

West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Shetland Tweed Aran

Details
Aran; 166m per 100g skein; 100% Shetland wool

Testers’ Scores
Testers described it as: Crisp & woolly
They would use it for: Hats
How enjoyable was it to knit with? 5/5
How happy are you with your swatch? 4/5
How do you rate the colour? 4.2/5
How hardwearing does it feel? 4.7/5
How soft is it against your skin? 4.3/5
What percentage of the group would buy this yarn? 90%

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